Residents and hunters of Koka Village in Ibokun Local Government Area of Osun State over the weekend mobilised and engaged hoodlums who invaded their community in a gun battle, thereby aborting the kidnap operation.

Police Command in Osun say three persons were shot during the failed kidnap attempt. 

The Police Command in Osun on Monday said three persons were shot.

SP Yemisi Opalola, Spokesperson of the command in a statement, said suspected hoodlums armed with guns, invaded the community at about 11:45p.m. on Sunday to kidnap residents.

Opalola said, “At about 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, unidentified hoodlums attacked Koka Village in Ibokun Local Government Area and attempted to abduct some villagers.

“Consequently, villagers and hunters mobilised and engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle and liberated themselves.

“Three villagers and hunters, however, sustained bullet wounds during the rescue operation.

“The injured victims are receiving treatment at the State Hospital in Asubiaro, Osogbo and they are responding to treatment.

“The police have, however, drafted officers to join the locals to carry out a cordon and search operation in the area.

“Efforts are also ongoing to apprehend the fleeing culprits”.

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